KUALA LUMPUR: It would be problematic to have anti-vice group Badar carry its own enforcement activities, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic).
He said such religious enforcement activities should come under the states' jurisdiction.
"Having a private one will create a lot of problems. The intention is good, but you must understand the law," he said.
The vigilante squad has allegedly conducted enforcement activities without permission from the department.
The squad, which is based in Sungai Petani, Kedah, also does not have any search warrant to enter premises to conduct checks.
The controversial Badar squad members had been carrying out raids on budget hotels in Sungai Petani for the last two years. Those caught committing khalwat were allegedly taken to a cemetery, where they were given counselling.
"Enforcement should come from the government. If it comes from a private group, a lot of things can happen.
"We want to avoid such things," added Mujahid.
Asked to comment whether he was willing to meet the Badar squad leader, Mujahid said he should meet the state exco instead.
"It is not under my jurisdiction, but the state's," he said.
It was reported that Badar Squad founder and chairperson Azhar Mohamad said he was open to meeting Mujahid and the police to discuss necessary guidelines for their activities.
"The religious authorities are unable to check on illegal activities at 4am or 5am. They only work from 8am to 5pm.
"People are daring enough to participate in immoral activities openly. That is why our squad wants to help fight this.
"If there is something wrong with what we do, please provide us with guidelines," he was quoted as saying.
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